January is an extremely popular time to visit Park City because of the Sundance Film Festival which is held here every New Year. Unfortunately, because of the popularity of Sundance, sometimes visitors overlook the appeal of visiting our Park City Peaks hotel in February, when we still have many great Park City events worth attending.
February 1st – 11th – The 10 Year Olympic Anniversary is this year, and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation has coordinated several Olympic-sport competitions and other Olympic-related activities throughout the month of February including a free concert on Main street on February 1st to kick off this once in a lifetime Park City event! On the 1st there will also be a torch relay, Olympic-spirit competitions, official Olympic mascots and much more. This event is definitely worth visiting!
February 1st – 4th – Part of the Olympic anniversary celebration, the FIS Freestyle World Cup will be held at the Deer Valley resort and is the world’s most prestigious freeski athletic competition (other than the Olympics of course). Competitors will be arriving from all over the world to take part, in aerials, moguls and dual moguls competitions. Why not come out and show your support for the participants and this Park City event by cheering them on?
February 4th –The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, one of the largest dog sled races in the United States, stops through Park City on Saturday February 4th for the night where Park City is sure to show them our world-renowned hospitality! This Park City event includes: festivities for attendees and mushers, a pancake breakfast, dog parades, carnivals and much more!
February 6th – 11th – The next sporting event organized by the Olympic Legacy Foundation, the FIBT Skeleton Intercontinental Cup, will be held at Utah Olympic Park, with separate races for men and women taking place daily. This thrilling Park City event is a spectator-must for the whole-family!
February 9th – 12th – The final sporting event during our Olympic anniversary, the U.S. Spring Snowboarding and Freestyle Grand Prix, is a mix of the world’s best skicross and snowboardcross competitors and is sure to be an exciting event! The course is located primarily on Doc’s run in the Canyons, with the finish line on the Ski Beach in the Resort Village.
Thinking of attending some Park City Events in February? Well you’re in luck because the Park City Peaks hotel still has Park City lodging available, but book soon, with all the great things going on in next month we’re sure to fill up fast!
The Sundance Film Festival has been a staple of Park City’s tourism since the Sundance Institute was started by Robert Redford in 1981 and is one of the most popular Park City events. The Sundance Institute was started in Sundance Utah with the goal of providing creative and financial support for the development of independent, original stories for film. Each year the festival chooses 200 films to be exhibited from over 9000 submissions, and in addition to many screenings the festival also features: live music, documentary films, many great events and parties and panel discussions. This is one of the biggest Park City Events that is celebrated each year and our Park City Peaks Hotel Blog has the inside scoop on what you need to know to navigate Park City during the festival.
What are the competitive Categories in the Sundance Film Festival?
- U.S. Documentary Competition.
- U.S. Dramatic Competition
- World Cinema Documentary Competition
- World Cinema Dramatic Competition
- Shorts Program
- Animation Spotlight
Where are the Sundance Theatres and Venues?
- Sundance Film Festival Headquarters at The Park City Marriot houses the official festival store and is where most of the festival business for filmmakers takes place. This is a great place to spot your favourite filmmakers!
- The Sundance Festival House at Kimball Centre hosts daily festival events and activities and is open to everyone. At the house they have food and drink, as well as the latest festival event and film information.
- Theatre locations for the Sundance Festival include:
- Eccles Theatre
- Egyptian Theatre
- Holiday Village Cinemas
- Library Centre Theatre
- Prospector Square Theatre
- The MARC
- Redstone at Kimball Junction
- Temple Theatre
- The Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe at the Rich Haines Gallery is the location where the majority of the live music events are being held during the festival and is a must for music fans visiting Park City for the festival including performances by: A Fine Frenzy, Josh Kelley, The All-American Rejects and David Gray.
Where Should You Stay during Park City Events?
Sundance Film Festival Lodging
Our Park City Hotel, is conveniently located just a 2 minute free-shuttle ride to main street, the epicenter of many of the Sundance Film Festival venues and events. With a shuttle-stop located right in front of our doors, we’re the perfect Sundance Film Festival accommodations for your entire party. We still have rooms available but we are filling up quickly so book soon! We also still have event space available for booking. Contact our Park City Hotel staff to learn more.
Sundance Film Festival Transportation
Due to the enormous influx of visitors our Park City Hotel gets during the film festival and other Park City events, we don’t recommend driving around town during your stay, especially since many of the main event venues and theaters don’t have parking available. It’s a good idea to stay at a hotel that is on the free town shuttle route (like our Park City Peaks Hotel).
If you need a car we suggest parking at either the China Bridge Parking Structure (for a fee). It is located just two blocks east of Main Street, but fills up quickly during festival days.
The Roanoke Ski Club adores the Park City Peaks Hotel’s Cookie Man! What more could a guest ask for than a warm cookie, hot chocolate and whipped cream delivered daily to your room after a long, hard, chilly day on the slopes? It’s heaven on Earth!
Park City, UT is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Utah during the month of January because among the many Park City events we have going on in the New Year, we are also the host of the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 19th to January 29th, 2012 and takes place just minutes from our Park City Peaks Hotel.
Since 1981, when the Sundance Institute (started by Robert Redford in Sundance, Utah) was created, the organization has been working to spread and, “advance the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide.” The film festival is held in Park City every January and draws enormous crowds of talented actors, filmmakers and film-fans to our Park City resorts for 10 days dedicated to celebrating film-making from around the world.
This year’s selection of films and shorts which will be shown and judged are among the best ever brought to event and we are certainly looking forward to watching these amazing works. Are any of you coming to town to the film festival and other Park City events? We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on the films, your celebrity sightings (there are certain to be a few) and your thoughts on our city and its hospitality!
Trying to book a hotel or event in Park City during the festival? Don’t worry, we still have rooms available as well as event space open, so if you’re planning an event, or looking for a place to stay, we’ve go you covered. Call our Park City Peaks reservations desk today to check availability.
Other great Park City Events worth attending near our Park City Resort:
January 2nd – January 12th– The Winter Classics Music Festival is a project sponsored by the Park City Chamber Music Society and is an added component to the Park City Music Festival, Utah’s longest running classical music festival, now going into its 27th season. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors (62+) and are general seating.
January 22nd – For all of you young hockey fans visiting a Park City resort in January, don’t forget to sign up for Luc Robitaille’s Celebrity shootout event. This youth clinic allows young hockey players to practice their skills with an NHL hall of famer as well as other NHL stars. Registration costs $75.00 and if you register before the 23rd of December you get an extra 10% off.
January 28th – Skiers of all levels will enjoy stopping by the Round Valley Round Up Nordic Ski Race a 5, 20 or 40K, community-based Park City event. In addition to racing the day is filled with other festivities and is open to participants and spectators alike. The first wave of skiers starts at 10:00am.
Thinking of visiting a Park City Resort in the New Year? Our Park City Peaks hotel in Utah has some of the best rates in town and is just minutes away from all of the many festivities occurring in and around the city. Reserve a room at Park City Peaks today!